Surfin group of companies (Surfin Group), headquartered in Singapore, a provider of digital financial solutions for under-serviced clients in emerging markets, has appointed John Quelch and John Fennell to its Board of Directors. These two professionals bring an extensive wealth of expertise in marketing, business strategy, risk management, and leadership to the firm.
What do the appointees bring to Surfin’s Board?
John Fennell, a risk management professional, will bolster Surfin Group’s efforts to optimize its risk and control environment as the company expands its digital financial tech offerings, including robo-advisor wealth management and digital security trading for Millennials and Gen Z in developing countries. He served as Chief Risk Officer of the Options Clearing Corporation, overseeing risk at multiple firms responsible for systemic resilience of financial markets.
His participation in serving on the committees of World Federation of Exchanges and CCP12 will prove invaluable as the company seeks to develop cross-border trading products and engage with local exchanges. Fennell said, “I’m thrilled to be part of Surfin Group’s mission to promote financial inclusion and innovation in developing countries. I look forward to applying my risk management expertise to ensure the company’s continued success and growth.”
Dr. Quelch is a highly respected expert in international strategy, global marketing, and ESG with more than five decades of experience serving as a non-executive director of public companies in the USA and UK. As a member of Surfin’s Board of Directors, Quelch brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, and ESG initiatives.
Dr. Quelch has served on the boards of several important public companies, including Alere, Aramark, Gentiva Health Services, Pepsi Bottling Group, and WPP. He has also served as Dean of both the China Europe International Business School and London Business School.
Commenting on the appointment, Quelch said, “I am excited to join Surfin Group’s board of directors and to work with the company’s talented leadership team. Surfin Group is at the forefront of providing inclusive finance through its innovative digital solutions to emerging markets, and I look forward to contributing my expertise to support the company’s growth and success.” Quelch was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
What do the appointments mean for Surfin Group?
Commenting on the appointments, Yanan Wu, CFA, Ph.D, Chairman of Surfin Group, said: “We are thrilled to welcome both John Quelch and John Fennell to our Board of Directors.”
“We are confident that their combined expertise will significantly contribute to our growth and help us achieve our ambitions of becoming a forefront leader in digital financial tech, promoting transparency, innovation, and financial inclusion in developing countries.”